Date: Thursday 05 November 2020
Our West Scotland Business Unit has donated a public access defibrillator (PAD) to the Bothwell and Uddingston Community First Responder group to benefit the community in the local area.
As part of a joint initiative with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), we are donating potentially life-saving PADs to communities around the UK to help people who suffer from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
During 2019, the BHF was employed by Taylor Wimpey to train our employees in CPR skills and provide every one of their building sites in the UK with a defibrillator. As part of our commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which we build, we are donating the defibrillators to local communities when their developments are completed. Now that work has finished at our Tannochside Gardens development the local communities of Tannochside, Uddingston and Bothwell are the latest to be gifted a PAD.
Deryck Schendel, Regional Health and Safety Advisor for Taylor Wimpey in Scotland, said: “It’s so important to us that we give something back to the communities in which we’re building. Our partnership with the BHF is vitally important in helping to ensure that more defibrillators are available for people who might need them, and we are proud to be able to make this equipment readily accessible in Uddingston.”
Lucy Martin, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation said: “We are delighted that Taylor Wimpey has contributed to the aims of the BHF by making a public access defibrillator available to the Bothwell and Uddingston First Responders.
“A cardiac arrest is the most serious medical emergency. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a person’s chance of surviving by around 10 per cent, but calling 999, starting immediate hands-only CPR and using a defibrillator can significantly increase their chances of survival.
“During the pandemic it is essential that these steps are still taken to help save someone’s life and there are some simple measures you can take to keep yourself safe so please don’t hesitate to help someone in need. Find up to date guidance on the BHF website.”
Kaitlyn Mitchell, a trainee paramedic and volunteer with Bothwell and Uddingston Community First Responders said: “We can’t thank Taylor Wimpey and the BHF enough for this defibrillator. While we hope that we don’t have to use it very often, it’s fantastic to know that we can access a defibrillator in the event of an emergency and hopefully help to save someone’s life.”